Thursday Open Thread | Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen (born Patrice Louise Rushen, September 30, 1954, Los Angeles, California)[1] is a Grammy Award-winning African American R&B and jazz vocalist, composer and pianist.

Rushen is the elder of two daughters born to the late Allen Rushen and the former Ruth Harris.[1] She demonstrated her musical potential at a young age; she was regarded as a child prodigy. In her teens, she attended south LA’s Locke High and went on to earn a degree in music from the University of Southern California.[2]

Rushen has many ground-breaking achievements. She became the first woman to serve as head composer/musical director for the Grammy Awards and the Emmy Awards, and the first woman to serve as musical director for the NAACP Image Awards’ broadcast, an honor she held for twelve consecutive years.

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41 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Patrice Rushen

  1. rikyrah says:

    Black Travel Groups Find Kindred Spirits on Social Networks
    JULY 23, 2015

    As I stood barefoot at the entrance to the Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, a labyrinthine Hindu shrine in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala that is forbidden to nonworshipers, a man studied me.

    Wrapped in a blue silk sari, I was an anomaly in the crowds of worshipers and wedding guests sweeping past. My pecan-brown skin had been tanned by the sun, my tightly coiled hair was cut in a close crop, and I spoke a foreigner’s English. There was no one like me there except my then-boyfriend, who was standing next to me with his modest Afro as we waited for my college roommate’s wedding party.

    “What are you? South African?” the man finally said. When I told him we were American, he asked again, “South African?”

    This kind of encounter with incredulity is a recurring scene for black Americans traveling to far-flung destinations, and their experiences led to the creation of the Nomadness Travel Tribe, an invitation-only collective of more than 10,000 globe-trotters spread out over 36 countries.

    The group began in September 2011 on Facebook as a fellowship of travelers who rely on one another as they navigate a world that is not accustomed to black American travelers, one that is liberating in the best cases and inhospitable in the worst. I joined over a year ago. Though open to any invitee with at least one passport stamp, the vast majority of Nomadness members are African-Americans and women. About half are millennials, and most are strangers, the plus-ones of plus-ones. We meet up like old friends in cities from Los Angeles to Seoul, refer to each other affectionately as tenders (a shortened slang term referring to attractive women) and JBs (short for “jungle brothers”), and snap up flights going just about anywhere in the world.

    Nomadness is one of several virtual communities that have sprung up on social media in recent years catering to African-Americans, who rarely find themselves the target market of tourism and hospitality companies.

    They are carrying on a long tradition of travel media created by and for black consumers, from the “Negro Motorist Green Book,” which helped black vacationers find lodging during the years of segregation, to the professional and fraternal organizations that book large group trips, to cultural sponsors like Essence, which draws thousands to New Orleans each year for its music festival.

    Led predominantly by black millennial women, the new virtual communities rely on networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, to push travelers to venture out more often and farther afield. These networks include two-year-old Travel Noire, Soul Society and Black Adventuristas.

    “We’re here,” said Evita Robinson, 31, the creator of Nomadness. “We’re taking our stake, we’re planting our flag and we’re very unapologetic about it.”

    The images uploaded by the black travel networks run counter to the typical profile of the international traveler. On television and in magazines, for example, many hosts and writers are middle-aged white males, and travel media and advertising campaigns often feature people of color only as the airport and airline staff or locals.

    Yet African-Americans are one of the fastest-growing travel markets. Black travel spending is approaching $50 billion on domestic travel, and about one in five black travelers take at least one international trip each year, according to a 2011 online panel study by Mandala Research.

    On social media, that growing travel base is represented. Black vacationers zip-line through the jungles of Central and South America, hitch camel rides across the Arabian Desert, tour the ancient temples of Asia and make pilgrimages to Africa. We are even taking in the ancient ruins of Greece and relaxing on beaches in Kenya, despite warnings about increasing racist attacks in Europe and extremist violence in East Africa. Nomadness members have been to all but a handful of countries, according to Ms. Robinson.

  2. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh

    Ron @Ronc99

    For @HillaryClinton supporters: it was Mark Penn & Sydney Blumenthal, pushing the #Birther crap against PBO in 2008.

  3. rikyrah says:

    this is one of those stories that will creep you out.

    WARNING: the video is frightening.

    Mayflies force shutdown of Savanna – Sabula Bridge

    POSTED 6:23 PM, JULY 22, 2015

    Emergency crews were on scene over the weekend to clear a bridge after bugs took over.

    On Saturday night, Teena Franzen recorded the incident while riding with her son in a Sabula police car.

    “I’ve lived in Sabula since ’75, I’ve never seen that many before, ever,” said Teena Franzen of Sabula.

    A pair of motorcycles had lost traction trying to move through the piles of mayflies. Thankfullyy no one was hurt.

    “Biggest thing I noticed was after cars were stopped and sitting for so long while we’re trying to get cars moving again is they were probably piled knee high in front of their headlights from just sitting there,” said Reserve Officer Stephen Thayer of the Sabula Police Department.

  4. rikyrah says:

    how cute


    Herd of cows saves stranded baby seal

    Jul 22nd 2015 4:15PM

    A group of cows in England is being credited with saving the life of a baby seal.

    Ian Ellis was birdwatching on the coast in Lincolnshire, England, when he noticed something strange — a herd of cows gathered around a puddle through his telescope.When he went to check it out he found a 5-day-old seal that had waddled into the muddy field and become stuck.

  5. rikyrah says:

    zizi2 @zizii2
    So #ChuckTodd tanks #MTP into the toilet and he’s rewarded w/ another show. He got incriminating skeletons on NBC poobahs or what?

  6. rikyrah says:

    Pharmacy owners cannot cite religion to deny medicine: U.S. appeals court
    By Dan Levine 1 hour ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy’s owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgements on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services.

    The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, came in a case filed by pharmacists who objected to delivering emergency contraceptives. The 9th Circuit overturned a lower court that had said the rules were unconstitutional.

    The U.S. Supreme Court last year allowed closely held corporations to seek exemptions from the Obamacare health law’s contraception requirement.

    In Washington, the state permits a religiously objecting individual pharmacist to deny medicine, so long as another pharmacist working there provides timely delivery. The rules require a pharmacy to deliver all medicine, even if the owner objects.

    A unanimous three-judge 9th Circuit panel on Thursday decided that the rules are constitutional because they rationally further the state’s interest in patient safety. Speed is particularly important considering the time-sensitive nature of emergency contraception, the court said–finance.html

  7. rikyrah says:

    Cardale Jones is OSU’s quarterback

  8. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White
    ‏@elonjames7m7 minutes ago
    Part of the blowback I’ve received wasn’t even for supporting the #BLM disruption. It was because I dared call out White Progressives

  9. Ametia says:

    Taking dibs on the race of the killers & family. Just so ugly and sad

    • vitaminlover says:

      I am so glad for her. They really wanted a little one. I just hope Mama Joyce doesn’t start back clowning.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush pushes to ‘phase out’ Medicare
    07/23/15 10:05 AM
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    By Steve Benen
    Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush appeared at a New Hampshire event last night sponsored by the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, and the former governor raised a few eyebrows with his comments on the future of Medicare.
    “The left needs to join the conversation, but they haven’t. I mean, when [Rep. Paul Ryan] came up with, one of his proposals as it relates to Medicare, the first thing I saw was a TV ad of a guy that looked just like Paul Ryan … that was pushing an elderly person off the cliff in a wheelchair. That’s their response.

    “And I think we need to be vigilant about this and persuade people that our, when your volunteers go door to door, and they talk to people, people understand this. They know, and I think a lot of people recognize that we need to make sure we fulfill the commitment to people that have already received the benefits, that are receiving the benefits. But that we need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others and move to a new system that allows them to have something – because they’re not going to have anything.”
    Remember, Jeb Bush is the ostensible moderate candidate in the massive GOP presidential field. It says something important about Republican politics in 2015 when the most mainstream candidate is also the candidate who wants to scrap Medicare altogether.

    Regardless, there’s quite a bit wrong with his take on the issue, both as a matter of politics and policy. Let’s start with the former.

    The Florida Republican is convinced that “people understand” the need to get rid of Medicare. He’s mistaken. Given the polling from the last several years, what people understand is that Medicare is a popular and successful program, and a pillar of modern American life.

    Previous attempts to “phase out” the program have met with widespread public scorn and if Jeb Bush believes he can “persuade people” to get rid of Medicare, he’s likely to be disappointed.

    As for the policy, there’s no point in denying that the Medicare system faces long-term fiscal challenges, but to argue, as Jeb Bush does, that Democrats have ignored the conversation is plainly incorrect. On the contrary, while Republicans fight to eliminate the Medicare program, Democrats have had great success in strengthening Medicare finances and extending its fiscal health for many years to come.

  11. Ametia says:

    Kenyan novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor provides a tour of her homeland and discusses what President Obama’s visit means to the African nation.

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    Who’da thunk it! Senator Graham destroys his phone after Trump gives out his number


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    [caption id="attachment_64328" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Jul 22, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jamaica forward Darren Mattocks (11) celebrates after scoring a goal with  Je-Vaughn Watson (15) and Michael Hector (3) in the first half against the United States during the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal match at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Jul 22, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jamaica forward Darren Mattocks (11) celebrates after scoring a goal with Je-Vaughn Watson (15) and Michael Hector (3) in the first half against the United States during the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal match at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports[/caption]

  16. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone

  17. sunshine616 says:

    Ok. I have a serious question…where are the big protests for justice for sandra bland!! That town needs to know that people won’t stop till the truth prevails!!

  18. Ametia says:

    European regulators file antitrust claims against 6 major U.S. studios
    By Brian Murphy July 23 at 8:22 AM

    The European Union filed antitrust claims Thursday against a British broadcaster and six major U.S. film studios, including global powerhouse Disney, accusing the companies of unfairly limiting pan-European access to programming on pay-TV services.

    The charges stem from investigations launched in 2012 into whether satellite or streaming services possibly restricted customers across the 28-nation European Union from viewing some programming — and instead limited audiences to specific regional zones, sometimes known as “geo-blocking.”

    In January, a group of top European pay-networks and the American studios were formally advised of the probe.

    The decision Thursday appeared to narrow the case to specifically cite complaints against British network Sky UK and the six studios: Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros.

  19. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-))) Finishing up projects and packing for travel.

    Have a great DAY.

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